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#268 of 1431 Re: 1998 Cadillac Catera one big HEADACHE! [etienne2]
Mar 14, 2007 (9:30 pm)
Hi! Can u help me w/ this:
"The car has a bad oil cooler, which is located below the lower intake manifold.. It is leaking oil externally, and it is also allowing coolant to mix in with the engine oil.
The cost to replace the oil cooler will be approximately $900"
My dad will try to fix it. Is this a difficult place to get in? How much would cost to get this oil cooler? Do I need a full kit or just a specific part?
Thanks. I will sell it after we fix.
#269 of 1431 Re: Transmission [browncow]
Mar 18, 2007 (9:32 am)
DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO ADD TRANSMISSION FLUID TO A 98 CATERA. I AM TOLD IT'S SEALED AND NO WAY TO DO IT. THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE AS THERE HAS TO BE A WAY TO ADD ?
#270 of 1431 Re: Transmission [fehu]
Mar 18, 2007 (10:16 am)
There is no transmission dipstick on a 1998 Cadillac Catera to check or add fluid to the transmission. The only way to add fluid is through the fill plug on the side of the transmission. Do this with the car sitting relatively level and fill it til it runs out the fill hole just like filling a differential. Since you have to do it in this manner and are already under the car, I would suggest changing the fluid entirely if the existing fluid or the car has accumulated more than 70K miles. Good luck.
#272 of 1431 Re: '98 Catera Problems [gnguru]
Mar 27, 2007 (8:55 am)
put in 10-30 oil not 5-30
Mar 27, 2007 (9:14 am)
I had the exact same problem with my 2000 Catera. Actually I need to find my receipt but is cost $1100.00. Let me find the receipt and write back. or you can email me directly. let me know .
#274 of 1431 Re: Transmission [fehu]
Mar 27, 2007 (10:55 am)
Regarding the comment made by drodriguez, I don't know what part of the country you live in and I assume that drodriguez doesn't either but if the mean temperature doesn't get over 60 degrees, you should use 5W-30 oil. If the mean temperature is over 60 degrees, you should use 10W-30. The ideal situation would be to use 5W-30 in the winter and 10W-30 in the summer. If your Catera has any oil leak issues (namely the valve covers which is quite prominent in 1998 Cateras) I would stick with the 10W-30 year round. Hope this helps you and good luck.
#275 of 1431 BRAKE LIGHTS WILL NOT WORK
Mar 31, 2007 (6:41 pm)
I have checked/changed all blown fuses. ALL lights work except the brake lights. I recently had a new radiator installed. The brake lights were working before they installed it. Did they hit a wire or something to trigger something to the brake lights? I'm selling this car ASAP after getting this problem fixed. Any suggestions?
#276 of 1431 Re: BRAKE LIGHTS WILL NOT WORK [gw1998]
Mar 31, 2007 (9:34 pm)
Does the third brake light (strip light on trunk deck) work or is that out too?
#277 of 1431 Re: BRAKE LIGHTS WILL NOT WORK [gnguru]
Apr 01, 2007 (9:56 am)
Yes, it's out also.